What is Ham?
Ham is a cured, salt-cured form of pork. It can be fresh or smoked and is usually sold as cutlets, steaks, roasts or slices. The most common type of ham available in the United States is Smithfield ham, which comes from pigs raised in Virginia.
Can Cockatiels Eat Ham?
The short answer to this question is no – cockatiels should not eat ham because it’s too high in fat and sodium for them to process safely. While there are some forms of low-fat ham available on the market today that may be acceptable for your bird to have as an occasional treat (check with your avian vet first!), it should never make up the majority of their diet due to its potential health risks.
Why Is Ham Unsafe For Cockatiels?
Cockatiels are naturally small birds who require diets full of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables that provide them with a healthy balance between proteins, fats and carbohydrates while avoiding excess sodium and unhealthy fats like those found in processed meats like ham. In addition to being difficult for cockatiels to digest properly due to their small size, it also contains far too much fat, sodium and preservatives than they need or could safely handle even if they did digest it properly – leading ultimately to digestive upset at best or serious health issues at worst if consumed regularly over time.